As our culture wrestles with the tension between social media and real life interaction, the church has not remained some bastion of personal, face-to-face, living life together. We know we crave it. We hear it preached about. But we still check in and out once a week and push off interaction to the digital realm, if we have relationships in the church at all.
Building a culture of church planting begins by making it personal to your people. When planting becomes personal, your people will pray for it, give to it, talk about it and celebrate it. These priorities will build a culture of planting in your church.
Just as we need grace, patience, and help, the other people in our churches do too. Because in the end, we are all just projects in process, aren’t we?
I find it ironic and troubling that so many who wave the gospel-centered flag too often carelessly let it touch the ground in their writing, tweets, and conversations. Far from being semantics, this issue communicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the gospel and its implications for holiness.
You just stepped down from the stage and you know it. Your wife knows it too. You preached a dud. At least you think you did. And probably a number of people in the church thought so as well. What now?
I’d been a pastor’s wife for less than a year when I began preparing my exit strategy . . .
The youth aren’t the church of tomorrow preparing for their place one day in ministry. The people in the congregation aren’t the church waiting to get its turn to do the real stuff when a leadership opportunity comes up. They are all the church right now.
When I feel small, there is the gospel that reminds me that my size and worth is determined by that which was sacrificed for me.
Acts 2:42-47. A bunch of normal folks, like you and me, praying, eating, and worshiping together. It’s not much different than my church’s community groups that meet around the Dallas/Fort Worth area together. It’s a relief, a needed calm. And yet it isn’t calm at all . . .
How do we contend for the faith and guard the gospel without being argumentative, judgmental, or cantakerous?